Knoxville’s Sweet and Earnest Graffiti Art
Published 1/25/2012 at 11:55 a.m. 0 comments
The city attacks graffiti in this area with a bewildering ferocity. Someone pointed out that as a gateway to Parkridge, maybe the city wants the underpass to look nice. Maybe, but demoralizing lengths of empty concrete walls do nothing to ...
JC’s Market Is So Old-Fashioned It’s Progressive
Published 1/11/2012 at 11:18 a.m. 1 comment
JC’s Market at 514 North Olive Street has been owned and operated for 39 years by J.C. Warwick, a quiet man who describes himself and his business as “pretty low-key.”
Making a Home in an Abandoned House
Published 12/21/2011 at 11:56 a.m. 0 comments
Joon and Tae (not their real names) spent the past year hitchhiking across the U.S. and Canada. Tae, 23, is the gregarious one, with a knack for diffusing awkward situations. Joon, 22, is quiet, stoic; she seems to take everything ...
Hens in the City: One Year Later
Published 12/7/2011 at 11:10 a.m. 0 comments
Roosters, still prohibited in the city, are a dead giveaway of an illegal flock. Some mornings I hear the crowing of illicit roosters while sipping coffee on my porch—homey yet exotic in their anachronistic existence in Fourth and Gill.
Three Rivers Market and TN Valley Bikes Team Up
Published 11/23/2011 at 11:54 a.m. 3 comments
I hear a lot of nice things about Three Rivers Market lately, and one of them is how good they are to their bicycling customers. In addition to TRM’s bright green bike racks placed right by the door of their ...
A Citizen-Built Bus Shelter
Published 11/9/2011 at 11:37 a.m. 0 comments
Noonie is Willard “Noonie” Joiner, Hiscock’s friend since childhood. Joiner, a 56-year-old stroke survivor, rides the bus every day but Sunday. The bus stop Joiner uses most often is located along a weedy stretch of road. There was no shade, ...
Published 10/26/2011 at 11:59 a.m. 0 comments
The most satisfying playgrounds don’t come in a box and can’t be picked out of a catalog.
The Exhilarating Risk of a Rope Swing
Published 10/12/2011 at 9:59 a.m. 0 comments
Just off the Island Home Greenway near the airport, a tulip poplar juts out over a murky backwater of the Tennessee River. Someone, or maybe several people over time, have nailed short lengths of 2x4s along the trunk, classic tree-house-ladder ...
Drinking In Love’s Spring
Published 9/28/2011 at 10:34 a.m. 0 comments
Love’s Spring flows from the small hillside between Love’s Creek Road—a narrow, twisty highway off Rutledge Pike—and the banks of Love’s Creek. People say Love’s water tastes better than any expensive commercial bottled water.
Scouting the Future Route of the First Creek Greenway
Published 9/14/2011 at 11:50 a.m. 2 comments
First Creek is a huge entity twisting through our lives that we have forgotten about, that we do not see. From satellite view, it looks like a gigantic snake lying disturbingly close to my house.
The Quarries of Knox County
Published 8/31/2011 at 1:56 p.m. 0 comments
Mead, Fort Dickerson, Mascot—these three quarry lakes are Knoxville’s best swimming holes.
Know Your Tennessee River
Published 8/17/2011 at 1:46 p.m. 1 comment
In Knoxville we are surrounded by water. On a map the entire city is crisscrossed and spotted with blue, but to someone hoping to swim or wade, these blue marks are misleading. I’ve spent the summer exploring Knoxville’s rivers, creeks, ...
Published 8/3/2011 at 4:40 p.m. 0 comments
On a typical Sunday in early summer, I am walking with my family to Three Rivers Market. As I pass the paved and fenced abandoned lot behind Broadway Carpets, a splash of color catches my eye. A few vibrant wildflowers ...
A Visit With Bonanza Jellybean
Published 7/20/2011 at 4:02 p.m. 0 comments
On the First Friday of July, traveling artists Jim Clark and Primrose Coke parked their 1959 fire-engine-red Shasta camper near Java in the Old City, taped a hand-lettered sign to a light pole, and opened the doors of Bonanza Jellybean, ...
Exploring the Lush Alleys of Fourth and Gill
Published 7/6/2011 at 12:03 p.m. 0 comments
Even people who keep their front lawns obsessively tidy tend to let their back yards go a little wild. So the alleys, free of the monoculture of well-groomed lawns, are where the wild edibles thrive. Where the wild animals hide ...